thought patrolwho are we?

We are leadership advisors who enable organisations to realise their full potential. Our mission is to ‘reframe leadership and humanise the workplace. We achieve this through enabling Stragile™ leadership, culture and strategy. This produces alignment and adaptability, which improves productivity, and innovation, creating sustainable profitability.

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Thought Patrol - Introduction

Mark Bilton - Strategist

How DoWe Deliver?

Based on our Stragile™ Model, we Mentor Leaders, Facilitate Strategy, Advise the C-Suite and Boards, and Speak, to equip leaders and their teams, to navigate a rapidly changing workplace.

strategic planning

Group Facilitation for ‘Strategy Connect’ Strategy Days.

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leader’s mentor

Mentoring for Established and Emerging Leaders.

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leadership advice

Advice for Boards, Owners and Leaders.

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Thought PatrolWhy Us?

Our Purpose: “to enable leaders and their organisations to realise their full potential”. The contemporary business environment challenges conventional leadership practice. Our programs and resources are practical, applicable and relevant to a post-industrial workplace.

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Mark Bilton BSc GradDipBus MBA FAICD FAIM

Mark Bilton BSc GradDipBus MBA FAICD FAIM

CEO Advisor | Managing Director

Mark is a Leadership Advisor, Strategist and Speaker. He enables leaders to ‘realise their potential’, and is on a mission to ‘reframe leadership’ and ‘humanise the workplace’.

Experience

Managing Partner, Mark Bilton is highly regarded as an international award winning, commercially astute, leader. He brings 20 years’ CEO experience; leadership, culture, and strategic, insights to both the executive’ and board’ tables. A turnaround CEO, his ability to design and implement real world business strategies, adds significant value for all stakeholders. Mark has led multinational organizations through transformational change; companies like Gloria Jeans Coffees, where he oversaw 40 countries, Hagameyer Brands and the Charles Parsons Group.

OUR VALUES

1. Honour We honour and respect all stakeholders. 2. Passion We are passionate about everything we do. 3. Excellence We strive for excellence at all times. 4. Partnership We partner based on integrity and trust. 5. Integrity We value integrity over convenience. 6. Authentic We remain real and grounded.

BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

1. Know Your Why. Purpose unlocks passion and direction. 2. Respect and Honour. Everyone, regardless of role or relationship, should be treated with honour and respect. 3. Control is an Illusion. Clear vision, direction and empowerment result in momentum. 4. Democratise Information. An organisation with transparency builds trust, understanding and alignment. 5. Culture Unlocks Potential. Invest in your people; your people will invest in your customers; then your customers will invest in you. 6. Innovate and Differentiate. Innovation is not an event it is a cultural imperative. Innovation drives differentiation and success. 7. Simplicity trumps Complexity. The elegant and effective solution is the simple refined from the complex. 8. Humanize the Workplace. Relax and enjoy, we spend a lot of time at work we might as well enjoy it. 9. Clear Strategy. To empower people, you need direction and clear simple milestones; that’s strategy. 10. To Lead is to Serve. Real leadership is an act of service.

SERVICES

1. Speak. Keynote Addresses for Conference, Board and Leadership Team Meetings.

2. Mentor. Leadership Mentoring, for CEOs, CFOs, Business Owners, and Emerging Leaders.

3. Advise. Leadership Advice, for CEOs, CFOs, Business Owners, and Boards.

4. Facilitate. Group Strategic Facilitation, and Leadership Advisory.

Some of our Clients

Based on our Stragile™ Model, we mentor, facilitate, advise and speak, to equip leaders to navigate a rapidly changing workplace.

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what dowe teach?

Our Stragile™ topics enable leaders to navigate a rapidly changing business environment and transform their workplace.

Leadership

Unlock potential through authentic leadership.

Strategy

How to create and lead change.

Culture

How to create a productive workplace.

Latest Leadership Posts

 

How To Become A Likable Leader

Likability is one of the most important traits of any leader. But it doesn’t mean being a pushover. Often, the leaders who are the most likable produce the best results, and are driven and passionate. People respect the high standard that they set for themselves and their organizations. To be likeable, leaders need to be the kind of person that they would like themselves. Ken Goswell is the CEO of the CXP – CEO Experience. His mission is to provide resources to leaders who desire to learn fast to lead further. Here is is take on how leaders can be likeable from Forbes.com

Transformation Starts with Agile Leadership | McKinsey

“To build and lead an agile organization, it’s crucial that senior leaders develop new mind-sets and capabilities to transform themselves, their teams, and the organization.”  Self evident in our view but in this case articulated well by the denizens of consulting McKinsey. Here is there article complete with comprehensive downloadable pdfs that go into detail of just how important Agile Leadership has become. Don’t take our word for it, deep dive into the thought leaders’ analysis. But we do like it when the establishment are now realising what we have been saying for years! For many organizations, surviving and thriving in today’s environment depends on making a fundamental transformation to become more agile.

5 Signs That Will Instantly Identify Someone With Terrible Leadership Skills

Want to See a Toxic Boss in Action? They’ll Destroy the Workplace in Any of These 5 Ways, according to Marcel Schwantes, the Principal and founder, of Leadership From the Core. It makes you wonder why we continue to promote these people into leadership roles. Over the years, he’s delved into the leadership literature, interviewed countless employees, and collected hundreds of survey responses to answer one simple question: What are the top mistakes leaders in the workplace make more frequently than others? Here is Marcel’s article originally published in Inc.

10 Reasons Why You Aren’t Growing As a Leader (and Why You Should Still Try)

There's no shortage of leadership content available. As you're reading this article, millions of other people around the world are gaining knowledge on how to become better leaders via YouTube, blogs, audiobooks, and podcasts. But the alarming part is, the improvement...

Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile

Alessandro Di Fiore, writing here for HBR, has tackled the misnomer that agile is somehow lest robust, or that planning is obsolete in an agile strategic planning approach such as Stragile. She points out that many say, “Now, strategic planning has fallen out of favor. In the face of relentless technological change, disruptive forces in industry after industry, global competition”, and so on, planning seems like pointless wishful thinking. Alessandro argues the counter.

Great Leaders Serve Their Teams.

Honoured to be interviewed by Asia Pacific Associate Editor, for Entrepreneur.com Aashika Jain. In this article I cover what makes a good leader and why culture is so important. Enjoy!

Great Leaders Only Serve Their Teams says This Leadership Advisor  You are only as good as the people around you, says Mark Bilton. Leading 40 countries as the Group Managing Director of one of the most popular coffee chains in the world is no cake walk. When it comes to culture, strategy and transformational change, Mark Bilton raises his hand as among the best in the world.

what are theexperts saying?

A ‘New Business Environment’, needs a ‘New Leadership Paradigm’.

“Once employees feel challenged, invigorated and productive, their efforts will naturally translate into profit and growth for the organisation.”

Ricardo Semler

CEO, Serco Partners

I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else.

Seth Godin

Author, Seth Godin Inc.

Management innovation is going to be the most enduring source of competitive advantage. There will be lots of rewards for firms in the vanguard.

Dr Gary Hamel

Director, MIX

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Address: Suite 1308, 109 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Phone: +61 400768881

eMail: info@thoughtpatrol.com

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